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Auburn's Geiszler in cast of Tacoma Musical Playhouse's 'Shout! The Mod Musical'
For Brynne Geiszler, 28, theater has been a lifelong passion.
"My first role was when I was 5 months old, and it was baby Jesus," Geiszler said. "Then I did church plays and school plays. It's always just been a part of my life."
On Friday, Geiszler – an Auburn High School and Cornish School of the Arts graduate – adds to her resume the role of Yellow Girl from the Tacoma Musical Playhouse's production of "Shout! The Mod Musical".
"It's a musical about the swinging '60s in London," she said. "There's not necessarily a plot from beginning to end. It's more of an embodiment of the '60s and what these five women go through as the years go on."
Featuring music from the 1960s, including hits from artists like Dusty Springfield, Petula Clarke, LuLu and Nancy Sinatra, the musical follows the lives of the women, brought together by the music magazine "Shout!", as they take a journey of self-discovery set to the backdrop of swinging London from 1964 to 1970.
"It's all women living in London, but my character is the only American," Geiszler said. "I moved there to basically stalk Paul McCartney."
Geiszler said the character she plays is a lot like her, but that similarity creates its own special challenges.
"(My character is) driven by my emotions. I'm American, loud, uninhibited," she said. "Each character is very distinctive from each other. It's very similar to how I am. I think it fits me well, which sometimes is more of an acting challenge, playing yourself because I have to figure out how to be me. What do I normally do. You have to analyze yourself. It's much easier to analyze a character from the outside; when it's you, it's much more personal."
All part of the process.
"I'm addicted," she said. "It makes me feel really happy to get to go outside myself and create something with different groups of people. Even if you do it with different people, it's a different experience. And you're always learning about yourself and different things.
"One of my favorite things about doing theater is learning about the time period of the story," she said. "I guess I'm a fan of history in that sense. I find character study really interesting and just throwing myself into that role."
The Tacoma Musical Playhouse's production of "Shout! The Mod Musical" runs Jan. 17 to Feb. 9, with 8 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 o'clock matinees on Sundays. Matinees will also be staged on Feb. 1 and 8. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors, students and military and $20 for children under 12.
The Tacoma Musical Playhouse is at 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma. For more information or to buy tickets, call 253-565-6867 or visit www.tmp.org.